More than 8500 people rode behind A3 No. 60103 Flying Scotsman when it made its second 2016 visit to the East Lancashire Railway, nine months after it first ventured out of Ian Riley’s Baron Street workshops in Bury for its inaugural test run.
Figures showed that another 3500 people viewed it from a station on the heritage line during the October 13-16 Scotsman in Steam event.
The ELR saw tickets snapped up briskly months in advance as in the case of other venues like the North Yorkshire Moors and Severn Valley railways and Tyseley Locomotive Works, which have hosted Flying Scotsman this year.
Unlike its first public appearance on the line in January, the A3 did not carry the wartime black livery left over from its aborted relaunch in 2011, but Brunswick green, correct line for its latter-day British Railways guise.
Read more in Issue 222 of Heritage Railway